New York Shitty Day Ender: It’s Move In Day At 239 Banker Street!

May 31, 2009 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


On May 31, 2009 Anonymous wrote:

i saw residents moving into the illegal, non-c-of-o, stop work ordered 239 Banker (neighbor of 259 Banker Street— better known as Studio B*— the edifice graced with the blue sidewalk shed in the background of the above photograph— Ed. Note) yesterday afternoon. Saw the Uhaul, asked the question myself. called in the complaint. they are advertising on C(raigs)L(ist):


Indeed they are! (To view a larger image click on the above jpg or any of the following jpgs.) What’s more, this hotel— oh, I mean loft— has its own web site! Here are some highlights:


Most importantly, no matter what time of day you come home, there will be a safe and cozy environment upon your return.

Hmm... this sounds kind of familiar. Wait— I remember— the Greenpoint Hotel has been advertising “safe and cozy” rooms for some time. Coincidence, you ask? Hardly: 239 Banker and the Greenpoint Hotel are both owned by my good buddy Max Stark! Let’s see what’s on the “Lofts” page, shall we?


From dinner parties to a quick fix after work, you’ll never be lacking space and functionality for your culinary excursions.

Heh, heh, heh… they said “fix”!


Ten minutes from the Bedford Avenue stop of the L? That’s kind of a stretch. But then again so is securing a permit from the Department of Buildings under the auspices of converting a manufacturing space into a “transient hotel”, offering two bedroom units for $2,100 a month in a building which— did I mention this already— has no Certificate of Occupancy?

Not that I really blame Max. If an illegal hostel can exist at 184 Eagle Street— for MONTHSdespite numerous complaints to the Department of Buildings why shouldn’t he get in on the fun?

But what would I know? My apartment building doesn’t have washer/dryer units on every floor. Maybe I should live in a hotel instead?

Miss Heather

UPDATE, June 2, 2009: After learning the very questionable legal status of 239 Banker Street Nicole has ceased to be the real estate agent for this property. No worries, now Liz is one the job…


and it would appear someone else is moving in.

*Whose rooftop terrace is still getting 311 complaints.


4 Comments on New York Shitty Day Ender: It’s Move In Day At 239 Banker Street!

  1. calyercooze on Sun, 31st May 2009 9:11 pm
  2. On the plus side, perhaps that means more people to log complaints against Studio B. Who, btw, still don’t seem to have a cabaret license, or a Certificate of Occupancy, or Public Assembly permit for the 2nd floor. In other words: nothing has changed in their legal status since they shut down last fall. Business as usual! And roof deck gets louder as it gets warmer…

  3. missheather on Mon, 1st Jun 2009 12:08 am
  4. I suspect this is part of 239 Banker’s marketing strategy:

    You’ll live in a cutting-edge environment that’s filled with local entertainment

    Free musical entertainment and “street theater” courtesy of Studio B! The “trucker bombs” (bottles filled with piss) will only provide so much more added value (local color and odor) for your money!

    At the measly asking price of $2,100 per month for a two bedroom who can argue?!? I’m contacting Nicole STAT so I can secure two of them!!! What a bargain!

  5. calyercooze on Mon, 1st Jun 2009 10:03 am
  6. Plus, dueling illegal rooftops! Check out the picture on the website of what looks like a basic tarred Brooklyn roof.

    “The gigantic rooftop at The Sweater Factory is a huge perk for residents. With an unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline, Williamsburg Bridge, the East River and Greenpoint’s thriving Manhattan Avenue, this is the sort of majestic space that people dream of when they think of New York City. Every resident is granted rooftop access and encouraged to enjoy this amazing amenity.”

    It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. Maybe it will be the Sweater Factory and Studio B united on Banker Street.

  7. neighborhood threat on Mon, 1st Jun 2009 8:51 pm
  8. oohhh. roof access. they probably have NO permit for that.

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